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Workshop II— Delta Atelier Urban Management

We can and must link major objectives to everyday maintenance and the transformation of our districts through improved cooperation between urban development, urban management and social development. Management practice possesses the quantitative capacity (estimated at 15 billion euro annually in the Netherlands as a whole) and the strategic implementing position to close district-scale flows and achieve a number of major objectives - on which many agreements have already been concluded in abstraction - in our everyday living environment. Instead of investing in maintaining the past, we can systematically develop the desired circular living environment. With this hypothesis, in 2018, the Kopgroep Stedelijk Beheer (Lead Group in Urban Management) – an informal cooperation partnership between the management bodies of Zwolle, Zoetermeer, Leiden, and Rotterdam – joined the Delta Atelier. In April 2019, an exploratory study was launched. Architecture Workroom is collaborating with Endeavour and H+N+S and the Kopgroep Stedelijk Beheer on this study. 

Workshop II ©Anja De Graaff

In an initial phase the levers and obstacles will be exposed in four test locations through district visits and working ateliers: De Marken in Almere, Leiden Zuidwest, Meerzicht in Zoetermeer and Reyeroord in Rotterdam. The various design teams will start work on three levels. 

1.    AWB is responsible for the district level. Adopting an integrated approach to the management challenges and linking them to transition ambitions, bottom-up and top-down, requires new types of projects. Diverse transition objectives can take form within these so-called chain projects and one objective can reinforce the other. 

2.    With its experience in participative and co-creation processes, Endeavour proposes an approach to bring the social and spatial aspect of urban management together. Management bodies in the Netherlands (via district directors, green area managers, etc.) are very active in the district. They form an important link between the everyday concerns of residents and everyday management of the city. 

3.    H+N+S explores how a 'supply map' could be linked to transition mapping as the foundation for formulating new management projects. Because the manager often plays the primary role in the district and has a great many resources to hand, it is necessary to clearly establish when and where these major interventions will take place. As a result new coalitions can be forged with diverse city services and policy bodies. 

The test districts are completely normal and represent other areas to be transformed in the Netherlands and Flanders. The lessons from this study will be translated into recommendations and tools for a transformation approach at the district level, which apply in many places simultaneously. Therefore, the importance of urban management must also be examined at the national level! This claim will be boosted using the results of the study at the National Conference for Management of the Public Space (NCBOR) in Zaanstad on 28 November 2019.

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